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Summer 2018 Program Highlights


SATURDAY, JUNE 16
FATHER’S DAY

FATHER KNOWS BEST (6-14-51) Robert Young stars as Jim Anderson, with Jean Vanderpyl as Margaret, Rhoda Williams as Betty, Ted Donaldson as Bud, Norma Jean Nilsson as Kathy. Plans for a neighborhood Father’s Day picnic get out of hand. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (29 min)
NIGHTBEAT (12-28-51) Frank Lovejoy stars as Randy Stone, night beat reporter for the Chicago Star, who keeps a fellow reporter company while his wife is having a baby. With William Conrad as Ben. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
STARS AND STRIPES IN BRITAIN (6-20-43) An excerpt from a broadcast for British and American listeners, as actor Ben Lyon interviews two Army cameramen and presents the dedication of a new airfield. BBC/MBS. (14 min)
MAGNIFICENT MONTAGUE (1-5-51) Monte Woolley stars as Edwin Montague, with Anne Seymour as Lily, Pert Kelton as Agnes. Edwin is preparing to celebrate his Silver Anniversary in the theatre, but his father’s sudden appearance threatens to cloud the event. With Art Carney, John Gibson, John Griggs, Gavin Gordon. Don Pardo announces. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
MOVIETOWN RADIO THEATRE (1940s) “Borrowed Father” starring Pat O’Brien, with Henry Blair, Betty Arnold, Herb Rawlinson. It’s Father and Son Day at the rodeo and a young man asks a stranger to masquerade as his father. Les Mitchell hosts. Syndicated. (27 min)
PAUL SCHUBERT (6-21-43) A program of news and commentary. “Only a desperate, fractional remnant of the Axis forces in North Africa remain to fight a last-stand battle in the Cap Bon peninsula... Today the enemy troops at the southern part of the front gave up in surrender.” Ford Bond announces. Virginia Rounds, MBS. (14 min)
HALLS OF IVY (5-17-50) Ronald and Benita Colman star as William Todhunter Hall and his wife Victoria, first family of Ivy College. Dr. Hall helps a student who wants to enroll his father into Ivy College. Cast includes Sam Edwards, Sam Hearn. Schlitz Beer, NBC. (28 min)

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (6-22-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Isabel Randolph, Bill Thompson, Arthur Q. Bryan, Gale Gordon, The King’s Men, announcer Harlow Wilcox and Billy Mills and the Orchestra. The McGees make plans for summer vacation and decide to take the streetcar to Dugan’s Lake. The last show of the season. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
WORDS AT WAR (6-24-43) “Combined Operation” is the first show in the series, based on the most important books to result from the war, “told by the men and women who have seen them happen... a living record of this war and the things for which we fight.” Cast: Les Damon, Jackson Beck, Walter Kinsella, Ian McAllister, Roger DeKoven. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (4-14-17) Part one of Steve Darnall’s conversation with singer Carole March, as she looks back on her career in Chicago radio. Recorded at her home in Northbrook, Illinois. (36 min)
SUPPER CLUB (2-6-61) Art Hellyer hosts this program of music, with Joe Vito’s band, singers Carole March and Bob Vegas, organist Len Cleary. Carole sings “C’est Magnifique” and “Lullaby in Rhythm.” Participating sponsors, WBBM. (24 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (4-14-47) Part two of Steve Darnall’s conversation with singer Carole March. (19 min)
NEWS OF THE WORLD (7-1-43) Frank Singiser substitutes for Gabriel Heatter. “The latest official picture of the present southwest Pacific offensive under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur... sixty-five of 110 Japanese planes were shot down.” Forhan’s Toothpaste, MBS. (13 min)
HALL OF FANTASY (1-19-53) “The Cask of Amontillado” starring Carl Grayson and Richard Thorne in a radio adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous story, about a man who responds to an insult by planning a unique form of revenge. Sustaining, MBS/WGN. (25 min)

SATURDAY, JUNE 30
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF RADIO

PORTIA FACES LIFE (11-2-48) Lucille Wall stars in an isolated episode of the series, “a story taken from the heart of every woman who has ever dared to love completely.” Bill and Cathy make up after their argument and she reveals to him that Portia is expecting a baby. Postum, NBC. (14 min) Read the article about Portia Faces Life and other radio soap operas in the Spring 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
YOU BET YOUR LIFE (3-14-51) Groucho Marx hosts this quiz show, with announcer George Fenneman. Couples are asked questions about historic American sites, the male of the species and islands of the world. DeSoto Automobiles, NBC. (29 min)
LIFE CAN BE BEAUTIFUL (3-21-44) An isolated episode from the series, with Alice Reinhardt as Chichi, who is at the hospital to see a dying man who might actually be her father. Hugh Conover announces. Ivory Soap, CBS. (15 min)
A LIFE IN YOUR HANDS (9-13-49) “Mrs. O’Malley’s Boarding House” with Ned LeFevre as host Jonathan Kegg. When a resident of a boarding house is shot, a stripper is accused of the crime. Myron Wallace announces. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
ROAD OF LIFE (5-19-48) An isolated episode of the series. Dr. Jim Brent visits Carson McVickers for advice about Maggie and her mother-in-law. Clayton Collyer announces. Duz, NBC. (15 min)
LIFE WITH LUIGI (11-11-52) Starring J. Carroll Naish as Luigi Basco, with Alan Reed as Pasquale, Mary Shipp as Miss Spaulding, Hans Conried as Schultz, Joe Forte as Horowitz, Ken Peters as Olsen, Jody Gilbert as Rosa. Luigi receives word his cousin Mario is planning to visit him in Chicago. AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)
THIS LIFE IS MINE (1-11-43) An isolated episode of the series, with Gertrude Warner as Eden Channing, Michael Fitzmaurice as Capt. Bob Hastings, who is on the trail of an international thief and believes his ex-wife may have some information. Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
THIS IS YOUR LIFE (5-24-49) Ralph Edwards welcomes lightweight world boxing champion Barney Ross for a look at his life and career, with appearances by members of his family and colleagues from his past. Art Ballinger announces. Philip Morris Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)

SATURDAY, JULY 7
MORE BIG BANDS IN 1943

I SUSTAIN THE WINGS (9-18-43) A program featuring the Band of the Army Air Corps Technical School from Yale University, directed by Captain Glenn Miller, with vocals by Pfc. Art Malvin, Pvt. Carmen Mastren, Cpl. Ray McKinley and the Crew Chiefs. The band plays “American Patrol,” “Rhapsody In Blue,” “Pistol Packin’ Mama,” and other tunes. Lt. Don Briggs announces. NBC. (30 min)
DUKE ELLINGTON’S PASTEL PERIOD (6-6-43) An early evening broadcast from the Hurricane Club in New York City “of music in an intimate conversational vein,” with vocalist Betty Roche. Selections include “You’ll Never Know,” “Nevada,” “Don’t Get Around Much Any More,” and “Oh! Lady Be Good.” Sustaining, MBS. (27 min)
1944 MARCH OF DIMES CAMPAIGN (December 1943) A program featuring Harry James and His Music Makers, guest Dinah Shore, vocalist Buddy Moreno, and host Don Wilson. Tunes played are “Always,” “Holiday For Strings,” “Now I Know,” and “Two O’Clock Jump.” Announcer is Bill Bivens. Transcribed broadcast. (14 min)
DOWNBEAT #22 (January 1943) Host Dick Joy welcomes Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra, along with vocalist Harriet Hilliard, in a program of music and talk for members of the armed forces. Selections include “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To,” “Why Don’t You Fall In Love With Me,” “Sir Walter’s Serenade,” and “I’m Looking For A Guy Who Plays Alto and Baritone, Doubles On Clarinet and Wears a Size 37 Suit.” AFRS. (30 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #284 (8-17-43) Louis Armstrong and His Band are heard playing for the servicemen and women of the Naval Air Station in Dallas, Texas. Tunes played include “I Never Knew,” “I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City,” “Lazy River,” and “On The Sunny Side Of The Street.” Vocals by Armstrong, Ann Baker and Jimmy Anderson. Michael Roy announces. Coca-Cola, BLUE. (23 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #294 (8-28-43) A program featuring Bob Crosby and His Orchestra, with the Pied Pipers and special guest Joy Hodges, performing for servicemen at San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium. Selections include “They’re Either Too Young Or Too Old,” “Sunday, Monday Or Always,” “The Gospel Train,” and “Two O’Clock Jump.” Jackson Wheeler announces. Coca-Cola, BLUE. (23 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be big band historian Karl Pearson, who will talk about the big band scene of 1943.

SATURDAY, JULY 14
CARL REINER’S RADIO DAYS

COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (5-4-41) “Radio Primer” is the first of “26 By Corwin,” a lighthearted look at the radio industry, written and directed by Norman Corwin, with Everett Sloane, Beatrice Kay, John Brown, Ted DeCorsia, Peter Donald, Frank Gallop, Frank Lovejoy, Jack Smart, Hester Sondergaard, Luis Van Rooten. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (4-4-18) Part one of Steve Darnall’s conversation with Carl Reiner, speaking by telephone from his home in California about his new book I Remember Radio and his career in broadcasting. (19 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Summer 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest
WILL ROGERS SHOW (4-14-35) Excerpt. The famous humorist and monologist talks about war, books, the official landing place of the Pilgrims, the Dust Bowl and other topics. Gulf Oil, CBS. (14 min)
THE WITCH’S TALE (8-25-36) “The Mannequin” is the story of a French artist who purchases a mannequin that seems eerily life-like. Syndicated. (25 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (4-4-18) Part two of Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with Carl Reiner. (22 min)
EASY ACES (1940s) An isolated episode of the series, starring Goodman and Jane Ace. When Mr. Ace runs an anonymous newspaper ad looking for a financial partner, Jane sends an anonymous response. Syndicated. (12 min)
VIC AND SADE (3-12-42) With Art Van Harvey as Vic, Bernardine Flynn as Sade, Bill Idelson as Rush. Vic discusses his upcoming lunch with business associates at the Tea Shoppe. Ed Roberts announces. NBC. (11 min)
FRED ALLEN SHOW (6-5-49) With Portland Hoffa, Minerva Pious, Parker Fennelley, Kenny Delmar, John Brown (making a guest appearance as Digby O’Dell), the DeMarco Sisters, Al Goodman and the Orchestra and guest Henry Morgan, who offers ideas for getting Fred into television. AFRS rebroadcast. (26 min)

SATURDAY, JULY 21

CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (7-19-43) “Schoolhouse at the Front” starring George Tobias as a wrestler-turned-soldier, in the story of the Special Training Units assigned to teach illiterate soldiers to read and write. Cast includes Arlene Francis, Bill Johnstone, Karl Swenson. Clayton Collyer announces. DuPont, NBC. (30 min)
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (2-24-46) With Anita Gordon, Ray Noble and the Orchestra and guest Tallulah Bankhead, who joins Edgar and Charlie for a sketch based on her play A Royal Scandal. Charlie complains about his dancing lessons; Mortimer shows off his new suit. AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (5-8-39) “The Life of Emile Zola” starring Paul Muni and Josephine Hutchinson in a radio version of the 1937 Warner Bros. film. Muni re-creates his movie role in “the drama of one who challenged the world with his writings and fought fearlessly with the spoken word in the cause of justice.” Leslie Howard is host, substituting for Cecil B. DeMille. Lux Soap, CBS. (21 min & 17 min & 20 min) Read the article about Warner Bros. studio in the Summer 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (2-6-49) Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard star, with Tommy Bernard and Henry Blair as David and Ricky, John Brown, Janet Waldo, Lurene Tuttle. When Harriet is upset about the state of their house, a housecleaning is in order. International Silver, NBC. (29 min)
OPEN LETTER ON RACE HATRED (7-24-43) Jackson Beck narrates this special program about the recent race riots in Detroit and “a danger which threatens all of us, a danger so great that if it is not met and conquered now, even though we win this war, we shall be defeated in victory... this danger is race hatred.” Program concludes with an address by Wendell Willkie. CBS. (30 min)

SATURDAY, JULY 28

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (7-28-43) The president speaks to the American people about the end of Benito Mussolini’s reign. “The first crack in the Axis has come. The criminal corrupt fascist regime in Italy is going to pieces... The military superiority of the United Nations — on sea and land and in the air — has been applied in the right place at the right time.” ALL NETWORKS. (29 min)
BIRDS EYE OPEN HOUSE (9-27-45) Dinah Shore stars, with announcer Harry Von Zell, the Ken Lane Chorus, Robert Emmet Dolan and the Orchestra and guests Vera Vague and Cesar Romero, who joins Dinah for a sketch set on a Navy vessel. Dinah sings “I’m Gonna Love That Guy” and “I’ll Buy That Dream”; Vera talks to Harry about how to attract men. Birds Eye, NBC. (30 min) Read the article about Cesar Romero in the Summer 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest
THE FALCON (11-26-50) “The Case of the Stooge’s Errand” starring Les Damon as Michael Waring, the Falcon, who investigates when an unethical promoter is murdered. Cast includes Ralph Bell, Mandel Kramer. Ed Herlihy announces. Kraft Foods, NBC. (29 min)
ADVENTURES OF MAISIE (2-16-50) Ann Sothern stars as Maisie Revere, who finds herself in a town that enforces antiquated laws to bring in revenue. Cast: Sidney Miller, Louis Jean Heydt, Earle Ross, Peter Leeds, Frank Nelson, James Eagle. Syndicated. (27 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (1-28-47) With Verna Felton, Pat McGeehan, Wonderful Smith, Anita Ellis, announcer Rod O’Connor, David Forrester and the Orchestra. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire explores “Jealousy,” with Red as Willy Lump-Lump and Junior, the Mean Little Kid. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
LIGHTS OUT (7-27-43) “The Little People” is Arch Oboler’s story of a jealous husband who plans a terrible revenge when his wife announces she is leaving him. Cast includes Lou Merrill. Frank Martin announces. Ironized Yeast, CBS. (28 min)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

X MINUS ONE (12-28-55) “A Logic Named Joe” is a story set in 1974, about a machine that does everything for its owners, until a strange modification takes place. Cast includes Mandel Kramer, Wendell Holmes, Joseph Julian, Joey Fallon, Bob Hastings, Guy Repp, William Zuckert, Walter Kinsella, Marylou Forster, Pam Thomas, Mary Patton. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
GOOD NEWS OF 1939 (5-4-39) Robert Young hosts this variety show, with Frank Morgan, Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford (as Baby Snooks and Daddy), Meredith Willson and the Orchestra, announcer Warren Hull and guests Robert Taylor, Myrna Loy and Connee Boswell. Taylor and Loy perform scenes from their new film Lucky Night; Boswell sings “Heaven Can Wait.” Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (31 min and 28 min)
PAUL SCHUBERT COMMENTARY (8-6-43) Commentary by the “officer, traveler, military and naval analyst,” discussing the news of the day. “This is one of those nights when Europe is swept by alarms and rumors... Once more people have the feeling that anything can happen.” Announcer is Ford Bond. Virginia Rounds Cigarettes, MBS. (13 min)
BILL STERN SPORTS NEWSREEL (8-23-46) The celebrated sportscaster shares stories about lucky and unlucky numbers and an infamous hotel room and welcomes guest Cab Calloway. Colgate Shave Cream, NBC. (15 min)
MY FAVORITE HUSBAND (3-11-49) Lucille Ball and Richard Denning star as Liz and George Cooper, “Two people who live together and like it.” Liz and George plan to appear in a Red Cross benefit show. With Gale Gordon as Mr. Atterbury and Ruth Perrott as Katy. AFRS rebroadcast. (24 min)
BOX THIRTEEN (10-17-48) “A Book of Poems” starring Alan Ladd as Dan Holiday, with Sylvia Pickert as Suzy. Dan receives a book of poetry from an invalid. Syndicated. (27 min)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

STAGE DOOR CANTEEN (8-12-43) It’s “Curtain up for Victory” with host Bert Lytell, Mary Martin, Una Merkel, Jack Smith, Raymond Paige and the Canteen Orchestra and Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who talk about their musical Oklahoma! Corn Products, CBS. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (3-12-18) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress Winifred Wolfe Beck, speaking by telephone from her home in California about her career in radio. (14 min)
ONE MAN’S FAMILY (8-15-43) Book 47, Chapter 6, “Further Preparations For Claudia’s Departure,” with Minetta Ellen as Fanny Barbour, Barton Yarborough as Cliff, Winifred Wolfe as Teddy, Kathleen Wilson as Claudia, Bernice Berwin as Hazel, Dix Davis as Pinky, Michael Raffetto as Paul, Wally Maher as Dan. The family is at the farm, where Teddy and Clifford talk with Claudia about her upcoming trip. Fleischmann’s Yeast, NBC. (28 min)
MR. AND MRS. BLANDINGS (3-18-51) Cary Grant and Betsy Drake star as the Blandings, with Gale Gordon, Jim Backus, Sandra Gould, Sheldon Leonard, Dick Ryan. The Blandings decide to put their dream home up for sale. Trans World Airlines, NBC. (30 min)
RAYMOND GRAM SWING (8-16-43) On the 616th day of the war, the Washington-based commentator “reviews history on the march,” with news about Winston Churchill and the Quebec cabinet. Mobil Gasoline, BLUE. (15 min)
MILTON BERLE SHOW (10-21-47) It’s “Uncle Milty” on radio, offering a “Salute to Health” with Jack Albertson, Pert Kelton, Mary Shipp, Billy Sands, John Gibson, Charles Irving, announcer Frank Gallop, singer Dick Varney, Ray Bloch and the Orchestra. Philip Morris Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
GREEN HORNET (4-16-46) “Figure in the Photograph” starring Bob Hall as Britt Reid, with Raymond Toyo as Kato, Jim Irwin as Mike Axford. A photo taken during a department store fire reveals something rather unusual. Syndicated. (25 min)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
TIME MARXES ON!

YOU BET YOUR LIFE (9-23-53) Groucho Marx hosts this comedy-quiz show, with announcer George Fenneman, with contestants answering questions about the names of business firms, sights of London and capitals of Central and South America. DeSoto, NBC. (30 min)
FIVE STAR THEATRE (5-22-33) It’s “Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel,” starring Groucho and Chico Marx in the final show of the series, with announcer George Hicks, Leonard Joy and the Orchestra. In a show that borrows from Marx Brothers movies, Groucho claims to be a famous African explorer. Standard Oil, NBC BLUE. (30 min) Read the article about Five Star Theatre in the Summer 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest
FITCH BANDWAGON (12-20-42) Tobe Reed introduces Chico Marx and His Orchestra, with young Mel Torme, who sings “Abraham.” The band plays “Pagliacci” and Chico plays “Beer Barrel Polka.” AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (5-9-46) With Bill Goodwin, Mel Blanc, Meredith Willson and the Orchestra and guest Harpo Marx. Gracie is a newspaper columnist specializing in Hollywood gossip and asks Harpo to be a “snooping reporter.” Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (29 min)
MONITOR (10-5-63) It’s a birthday celebration for Groucho Marx, with greetings from Bob Hope; Steve Allen; Jack Benny; Zeppo, Gummo and Harpo Marx; Margaret Dumont; Allan Jones; John Guedel; George Fenneman; Groucho’s wife Eden and daughter Melinda. (10 min and 32 min)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

LONE RANGER (10-28-49) “Trigger Takes the Bait” starring Brace Beemer as the Lone Ranger, with John Todd as Tonto and announcer Fred Foy. The Lone Ranger and Tonto step in to help a cattleman whose stock is stolen during a drive. Syndicated. (30 min) Read the article about Fred Foy and the Lone Ranger in the Summer 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest
SPOTLIGHT REVUE (11-5-48) Starring Spike Jones and his City Slickers, singer Dorothy Shay, Doodles Weaver as Professor Feedlebaum, George Rock and guest Jerry Colonna, who sings “The Life of a Sailor For Me” and joins Spike and Dorothy for a nautical sketch. Dorothy sings “Joan of Arkansas” and “I Still Get a Thrill Thinking of You”; Prof. Feedlebaum sings “The Sidewalks of New York.” Dick Joy announces. Coca-Cola, CBS. (28 min)
COUPLE NEXT DOOR (2-19-58) Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce star, with Margaret Hamilton as Aunt Effie. The family meet with an architect to discuss plans for their new house. Cast includes John Gibson. Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
JOHN W. VANDERCOOK (8-28-43) From New York, commentary from the author, explorer and student of world politics. “The Axis leaders, in at least one respect, have been very lucky... Mussolini and Adolf Hitler have probably been more passionately hated by more people than have ever lived, yet they have led charmed lives.” Glenn Riggs announces. Wheaties, BLUE. (15 min)
SUSPENSE (8-28-43) “The King’s Birthday” starring Dolores Costello, with George Zucco, Ian Wolfe, Martin Kosleck. A story set in Nazi-occupied Denmark, where a count is to commit suicide on the night celebrating the birthday of the king. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (10-24-48) With Elliott Lewis as Frank Remley, Walter Tetley as Julius Abbruzzio, Robert North as Willie, Gale Gordon, Jeanine Roos, Anne Whitfield as the Harris daughters. When Alice notes that the family needs to economize, Remley suggests buying beef in quantity. Rexall, NBC. (29 min)
LONE RANGER (3-29-54) “Burly Scott’s Sacrifice” features Fred Foy making his one and only appearance as the Ranger (substituting for Brace Beemer), with John Todd as Tonto. ABC. (29 min)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
BIG BANDS OF THE LATE 1930s

GLENN MILLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA (12-31-38) The opening portion of NBC’s New Year’s Eve Dance Parade originates from the Paradise Restaurant in New York City, with vocals by Marion Hutton and Ray Eberle. Selections include “Please Come Out Of Your Dream,” “FDR Jones,” and “One O’Clock Jump.” Announcer is Nelson Case. Sustaining, NBC. (14 min)
RUDY VALLEE AND HIS CONNECTICUT YANKEES (6-5-37) Remote broadcast from the Astor Roof of the Hotel Astor, located in Times Square in New York City, with vocals by Rudy, Judy Starr and the Gentlemen Songsters. Tunes played include “There Goes Yesterday,” “They All Laughed,” “Never In A Million Years,” “The Whiffenpoof Song,” and “Mad Dogs and Englishmen.” Ed Herlihy announces. Sustaining, NBC BLUE. (30 min)
SATURDAY NIGHT SWING CLUB (5-29-37) Excerpt. “The 47th in a series of programs devoted by the Columbia Network to that thing called Swing!” Hosted by “Swing commentator” Paul Douglas, with Leith Stevens and the Swing Club Orchestra, and guests Tommy Dorsey, pianist Joe Bushkin, and vocalist Art Gentry. Selections played include “How Could You,” “Slap That Bass,” and “Ostrich Walk.” Announcer is Mel Allen. Sustaining, CBS. (17 min)
BOB CROSBY AND HIS ORCHESTRA (12-27-35) Studio broadcast from Cincinnati. The Crosby band plays “Roll Along, Prairie Moon,” “I’ve Got My Fingers Crossed,” along with other tunes. Alice Frost appears as Portland Hoffa in a commercial; announcer is Alan Kent. Roget and Gallet Toilet Soap, NBC BLUE. (14 min)
HAL KEMP AND HIS ORCHESTRA (7-5-39) “Supper dance music” is heard from the Summer Terrace atop the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Boston. The Kemp crew plays “If It’s Good (Then I Want It),” “Begin The Beguine,” “Stairway To The Stars,” and “Blue Moonlight,” along with other selections. Vocals by Nan Wynn, Bob Allen and the Smoothies. Fred B. Cole announces. Sustaining, NBC BLUE. (29 min)
RED NICHOLS AND HIS WORLD-FAMOUS PENNIES (3-31-39) An early evening broadcast originating from Restaurant Continentale in the Hotel Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, with vocalist Bill Darnell. Tunes played include “The Masquerade Is Over,” “From Now On,” and “Dixieland Blues.” Announced by Douglas Browning. Sustaining, WSAI/Cincinnati. (15 min)
BENNY GOODMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1-20-36) A late-night broadcast originating from the Joseph Urban Room of the Congress Hotel in Chicago, with vocals by Helen Ward and Joe Harris. The Goodman band plays “Farewell Blues,” “Stomping At The Savoy,” “I’m Building Up To An Awful Letdown,” and “Basin Street Blues,” along with other numbers. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be big band historian KARL PEARSON, who will talk about the early years of the big band era and the bands of the 1930s.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (9-8-43) The president speaks to the nation with news of an armistice with Italy. “This was a great victory for the United Nations — but it was a great victory for the Italian people. After years of war and suffering and degradation, the Italian people are at last coming to the day of liberation from their real enemies, the Nazis.” ALL NETWORKS. (12 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (9-9-43) Bing Crosby stars, with Trudi Erwin, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, guests Phil Silvers and Alan Reed as Falstaff Openshaw. On the first day of the Third War Loan Drive, Bing devotes the entire show to promoting the sale of War bonds. Ken Carpenter announces. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (10-22-49) Dick Powell stars as Diamond, with Virginia Gregg as Helen Asher, Ed Begley as Lt. Levinson, Wilms Herbert as Sgt. Otis. Diamond is hired by a designer who fears a rival is planning to steal his latest creations. Cast: Hy Averback, Kaye Brinker, Clarke Gordon, Jay Novello. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
JACK BENNY SPECIAL PROGRAM (9-13-43) A special broadcast from “somewhere in Egypt,” as Jack performs for the troops with Larry Adler, Winnie Shaw, Anna Lee. Announcer is Cpl. Fred Foy. NBC. (29 min) Read the article about Fred Foy and the Lone Ranger in the Summer 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest
CLAUDIA (10-23-47) Kathryn Bard is Claudia, with Paul Crabtree as David in an isolated episode of the series. A visit to an antique store leads to the discovery of a very special chair. Joe King announces. Coca-Cola, Syndicated. (15 min)
SPACE PATROL (1-23-54) “The Martian Masquerade” starring Ed Kemmer as Buzz Corry and Lyn Osborn as Cadet Happy. Plans for a secret Space Patrol weapon are stolen. Cast: Virginia Hewitt, Ken Mayer, Norman Jolley. Dick Tufeld announces. Ralston Cereals, ABC. (29 min)
DUFFY’S TAVERN (5-25-49) Ed Gardner stars as Archie, the Manager, with Eddie Green as Eddie, Charles Cantor as Clifton Finnegan, Sandra Gould as Miss Duffy and guest Ed Wynn. After going to the opera, Archie decides to write one himself and enlists Ed Wynn to provide commentary. NBC. (25 min)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

OUR MISS BROOKS (11-7-48) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, English teacher at Madison High School, with Gale Gordon as Mr. Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Gloria McMillan, Jane Morgan. Exams are coming up and Miss Brooks’ friends and colleagues are convinced that she’s been working too hard.Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
BOLD VENTURE (1950s) Starring Humphrey Bogart as Slate Shannon and Lauren Bacall as Sailor Duval, with Jester Hairston as King Moses. A man hires Slate’s boat for a fishing trip, but when he dies on the trip, Slate and Sailor are accused of murder. Syndicated. (27 min)
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (1-6-50) “Magic Town” starring James Stewart in a radio adaptation of his 1947 film, about a pollster who discovers a town that has been correct in predicting the winner of every election for the last fifty years. Cast includes Virginia Gregg, Hans Conried. Jimmy Wallington announces. RCA Victor, NBC. (30 min)
THE FBI IN PEACE AND WAR (8-7-52) “The Fence” featuring Martin Blaine, Don Briggs, Harold Huber, Serena Brauer, Grant Richards. A robber strikes an alliance with a notorious fence, unaware that he plans a double-cross. Andre Baruch announces. Lucky Strike, CBS. (27 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (9-16-43) Bing Crosby stars, with Ukie Sherin, the Charioteers, the Music Maids and Hal, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra and guests Jinx Falkenberg and Alan Reed as Falstaff Openshaw, who collaborates with Ukie on a musical mystery show. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
WORLD NEWS TODAY (9-19-43) With Douglas Edwards, Charles Collingwood, Webley Edwards, Winston Burdette, Maj. George Fielding Eliot. “German troops are evacuating the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, while the fighting on the Italian mainland continues to go well for the American Fifth Army.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (24 min)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
AN AFTERNOON WITH BILL PERSKY AND FRIENDS

FUNNY SIDE UP (January 1960) Dick Van Dyke hosts this comedy-panel show, with Kenny Delmar, Parker Fennelley, Pat Carroll. The panel discusses news items sent in by listeners. AFRTS rebroadcast. (17 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (3-3-17) Part one of Steve Darnall’s conversation with writer Bill Persky, who talks about his career writing for radio, television and movies. Recorded by Kathy Dunaj at Sound Video Impressions in Des Plaines, IL. (33 min)
GINNY SIMMS SHOW (1-11-46) Broadcast from New York, with Frank DeVol and the Orchestra, announcer Kenny Delmar and guest Gene Kelly, who joins Ginny for a musical sketch parodying “Wuthering Heights.” Ginny sings “I Surrender, Dear.” Borden, CBS. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (3-3-17) Part two of Steve Darnall’s conversation with writer Bill Persky. (40 min)
THE THIRD MAN (6-13-52) “Blackmail is a Nasty Word” starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, the character he played in the 1950 film The Third Man. When Harry is blackmailed into helping a young woman obtain a passport for her father, he resorts to blackmail himself to get the job done. Syndicated. (28 min)
DRENE TIME (3-2-47) Starring Don Ameche, Frances Langford and Danny Thomas, who sings about his new invention, “Thomas Cola.” Ameche and Langford play John and Blanche Bickerson. Toby Reed announces. Drene Shampoo, NBC. (30 min)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
RADIO IN THE FALL OF 1943

WORDS AT WAR (9-23-43) “They Shall Not Have Me” is the story of a group of Frenchmen in a Nazi concentration camp and how they dream of escape. Cast: Les Damon, Mady Christians, Virginia Ralph, John Barry, Peter Capell, Lon Clark, Joe DeSantis, Tom Hoyer, Norman Lloyd, Herbert Ratner, Maurice Tarplin. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (9-28-43) Broadcasting from the Naval Air Station, Terminal Island, California, with Frances Langford, Jerry Colonna, Vera Vague, announcer Wendell Niles, Stan Kenton and the Orchestra and guest Orson Welles, who plays a mystic in a sketch. Pepsodent, NBC. (30 min)
TREASURY STAR PARADE #273 (9-30-43) An all-star salute to the Third War Loan, featuring Dick Powell, Ginny Simms, Thomas Mitchell, Olivia deHavilland, Brian Aherne, Grace McDonald and the orchestras of Kay Kyser and Victor Young. U.S. Treasury Department. (14 min)
DIMES FOR INVASION (10-2-43) A special program honoring America’s newspaper boys, for their efforts in selling War stamps, featuring Morton Downey, Associated Press war correspondent George Tucker, the Paulist Boys Choir, announcer Larry Elliott. U.S. Treasury Department. (14 min)
WORLD NEWS TODAY (10-3-43) Douglas Edwards and CBS correspondents from around the world. “Allied Fifth Army troops on the Italian mainland have captured Bienvenuto, northeast of Naples, while the British Eighth Army, striking swiftly up on the Adriatic side, has locked off a wide area.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (24 min)
THE WHISTLER (10-3-43) “Mirage” with Bill Forman as The Whistler. A nightclub owner is jilted by an ambitious young attorney, but she fears her plan for revenge has failed. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (10-5-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Arthur Q. Bryan, Ransom Sherman, Shirley Mitchell, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. The McGees are cleaning their spare room to house a war worker. Gale Gordon, serving in the Coast Guard, makes a guest appearance as Mayor LaTrivia. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)

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